Anxiety and You

By: Diamond Taylor | Contributing Writer

The Black Student Union held the last Mind Over Matter discussion panel about mental health on Tuesday, Oct. 8. The topic of discussion was anxiety, a word that can be very familiar to college students. Anxiety, as defined by, is the mind and body’s reaction to stressful, dangerous, or unfamiliar situations.

Anxiety can be broken down into different disorder categories: generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), social anxiety disorder (SAD), obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), just to name a few. 

Makenzie Davis, a student present in the discussion, gave advice about dealing with comparing yourself to others or feeling the need to put on a front. 

“Just be yourself. Don’t apologize for who you are. Don’t water yourself down for anyone,” said Davis. 

Whatever can weigh you down mentally, can then manifest physically. As stated by, some symptoms of anxiety include: muscle tension, headaches/dizziness, insomnia or tiredness, and edginess. 

People were asked what is one thing that they gained from attending the discussion. KenAndre Smiley found comfort in an intimate setting and a non-judgemental zone.

 ”It’s good to know you’re not the only one going through these types of situations,” said Smiley. 

You can cope with anxiety by first and foremost, not avoiding the issue. You can also utilize the resources on campus such as the counseling services at your convenience. Lastly, the practice of self-care is vital when dealing with anxiety. The more you know, the better you can be.